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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 August 2006, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
Rock 'n' roll tennis
Judy Murray
Judy Murray
Former Scotland coach and Andy's mother

It's no secret that Andy's favourite Grand Slam is the US Open and from a tennis fan's point of view I have to say that I love it too.

Andy likes America full stop. He loves the positivity and the upbeat nature of the country. It's just alive and the last Grand Slam of the year reflects this.

Flushing Meadows
I think the crowd quite like Andy, his style of play seems to be quite popular

Judy Murray

As soon as you walk through the gates of Flushing Meadows you feel more like you are at a show.

There is a huge open plaza where they have all sorts of entertainment - the whole atmosphere is a lot more rock 'n' roll.

There are bands, celebrities, entertainers on stilts, jugglers, comedians and dancers. It's very lively and very noisy and the public get much more involved.

On the show courts you have big screens showing you slow-motion replays and they do on-court interviews with the players at the end of the matches, which is a great idea.

It's a lot better than fans just seeing the interviews on TV and brings the crowd a lot closer to the players which can only be a good thing.

In turn the crowd are a lot more noisy than at Wimbledon and very supportive of the US players.

I think the crowd quite like Andy too, his style of play seems to be quite popular.

In some ways it's quite nice for him to be away from all the intense interest there is when he plays at home.

Maybe it's just better to get on with things on your own, and not have too many other demands other than going out on court and proving what you can do.

The whole complex is a lot more fan-friendly as there are a lot more open spaces so you can walk around and watch games easily.

Fans cheer on home favourite James Blake in the J Block
Fans cheer on home favourite James Blake in the J-Block

It's easy to get tickets too for the day and night sessions. You can just roll up on the day and buy them at the box office.

Access from New York City is no problem either. The train stops right outside the stadium, there's no long walk or need for a shuttle bus.

Andy has always played his best tennis in the States and the surface at Flushing Meadows suits his game.

It's always been the same whether winning the junior US Open in 2004 or winning his first challenger titles and qualifying for his first senior Grand Slam last summer.

This summer he has done well at Newport, Toronto (although that's Canada), Washington and Cincinnati. It just appeals to him for some reason.

Maybe it's because he's closer to all the rap music that he loves.

I don't know how he does it but he remembers all the words to the songs and he'll be like, "don't speak to me mum, I'm in the middle of rapping."

At least I won't be there to bother him this time.



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